The UNDP Resident Representative (RR) is the accredited senior UNDP official in the country who represents, leads, and is accountable for, harnessing and directing the full potential of UNDP’s global capabilities, and those of its associated funds and programmes, in support of national development strategies and collaborative partnerships. The Resident Representative is supported by two Deputies, one for Programmes and one for Operations. The UNDP Office in South Sudan is made up of about 200 staff in South Sudan.
Mr. Dominic Sam
Resident Representative a.i
UNDP South Sudan Dominic Sam is a distinguished leader within the United Nations, with extensive experience both at Headquarters and in various field assignments across crisis, early recovery, and stable economic and development transitions in diverse country contexts. With a strong commitment to investing in peace, resilience, equality, and equity, he champions the creation of just and prosperous societies. Mr. Sam is renowned for his adept leadership style, grounded in dialogue and national ownership, which has consistently led to significant achievements in development outcomes, particularly in conflict prevention/resolution and peacebuilding efforts. He has a proven track record in building coalitions and partnerships to drive development results.
Mr. Sam's contributions have been recognized through prestigious awards, including a Doctor of Humane Letters (LHD) Honoris Causa from the African Methodist University, Liberia, for his work in post-conflict stabilization and strengthening democratic institutions. He was also admitted into the Humane Order of African Redemption with the grade of Knight Grand Commander by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia, acknowledging his substantial contributions to the country's post-conflict recovery.
Prior to his current appointment, Mr. Sam served as the Resident Representative for the Democratic Republic of Congo from February 2018 to February 2023. During his tenure, he successfully secured over $600 million in funding for development projects across 145 territories, a flagship initiative of the Regional Bureau for Africa.
His illustrious career within the United Nations system includes notable roles such as UNDP Country Director in Ghana and Liberia, as well as Acting Resident Representative for the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). He has also held positions at UNDP headquarters in New York and the United Nations Office for Project Services, with a focus on resource mobilization and project management.
Before his international career, Mr. Sam served as a Senior Planning and Monitoring-Evaluation Officer with the North-West Development Authority of Cameroon and later as an assistant to the Resident Representative of UNDP in Cameroon.
Mr. Sam, a native of Cameroon, holds a law degree from the University of Yaoundé and a master's degree in development studies from the Institute of Social Studies in The Hague, Netherlands. He assumed the role of Acting Resident Representative for the United Nations Development Program in South Sudan on February 6, 2024.
Deputy Resident Representative, Programmes
Mr. Osundina has over 28 years’ experience in Leadership, Programme and Operations Management, Humanitarian support, Emergency relief, Sustainable Development and Peacebuilding.
He joined UNDP South Sudan in September 2022 from UNDP Burundi where he was Deputy Resident Representative, Programme and Operations after serving in the same position in Comoros Islands where he wore another hat as the COVID-19 Coordinator for the UN. Prior to that, he served as UNDP Deputy Country Director, Operations in Guinea Conakry, Tanzania and Burundi. Earlier on, he served as Operations Manager of the first UN Joint Office in Cape Verde.
Before joining UNDP in 2006, Mr. Osundina worked with UNICEF for over 13 years as the Deputy Resident Representative (Operations) in Cameroon, Mauritania and Congo Brazzaville. Titus joined the United Nations System as the first Head of Human Resources of UNICEF Nigeria after working for the Oyo and Osun State Governments and as a Lecturer at the Federal Polytechnic, Idah in Nigeria.
He holds a master's degree in Business Administration, Bachelor of Science in Economics, a Diploma in Leadership in Public Policy and Advocacy for Children’s Rights, PRINCE 2 Certification and currently a Facilitator of UNDP Managing Successful Programme (MSP).
Mr. Osundina is a recipient of various Awards including the Certificate of Special Recognition by the RBA Director for exceptional performance and outstanding contribution to UNDP mission in 2021. Titus is a believer in people with focus on fostering human development through team works and creation of conducive working environment and highly motivated workforce.
Debab Asrat Ynessu
Deputy Resident Representative, Operations
Debab Asrat Ynessu is a seasoned Operations Management professional with over 20 years of experience in Operations Management. She has served as a Deputy Resident Representative - Operations for UNDP in East, Central, and West Africa. Prior to joining the South Sudan Country Office Team in July 2023, Debab served in the same capacity at the UNDP Country Offices in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Burkina Faso, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, and Ethiopia.
Before joining UNDP, she held senior positions, the last one being serving as the Chief Financial Officer for Ethiopian Airlines, where she was in charge of the airline’s financial resources, including airline acquisitions.
Ms. Debab has a master’s degree in Business Administration and is a fellow of ACCA (Association of Chartered and Certified Accounts-UK). She is multilingual – fluent in French and English and her mother tongue, Amharic.